NFL star speaks to middle schoolers - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

NFL star speaks to middle schoolers

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • WRD meets to discuss deer hunting

    WRD meets to discuss deer hunting

    WRD meets to discuss deer hunting

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:51 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:51:01 GMT
    Deer hunting season is just around the corner.Tuesday, the Wildlife Resources Division met in Lee County to talk with the community about a new 10- year Deer Management Plan.More >>
    Deer hunting season is just around the corner.Tuesday, the Wildlife Resources Division met in Lee County to talk with the community about a new 10- year Deer Management Plan.More >>
  • New 10-year Deer Management Plan

    New 10-year Deer Management Plan

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:35:01 GMT
    Deer hunting season is just around the corner.The Wild Life Resources Division met in Lee County to talk with the community about a new 10-year Deer Management Plan. More >>
    Deer hunting season is just around the corner.The Wild Life Resources Division met in Lee County to talk with the community about a new 10-year Deer Management Plan. More >>
  • Dougherty County residents speak out against proposed pipeline

    Dougherty County residents speak out against proposed pipeline

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:30 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:30:17 GMT
    Gloria Gaines, Former Dougherty County CommissionerGloria Gaines, Former Dougherty County Commissioner
    A Dougherty County neighborhood is speaking out against a proposed natural gas pipeline. Members of the Radium Springs community met Tuesday night to express their concerns about the proposed route of the Sabal pipeline project. More >>
    A Dougherty County neighborhood is speaking out against a proposed natural gas pipeline. Members of the Radium Springs community met Tuesday night to express their concerns about the proposed route of the Sabal pipeline project. More >>

February 22, 2008

Camilla-- NFL star Charles Grant always tries to make sure he has time for Mitchell county middle schoolers while back visiting his native Southwest Georgia.  "They're appreciative. They appreciate the thought and effort of me coming out here. That means a lot to me," says Grant. 

They certainly showed their appreciation and excitement when Grant walked through the doors of their school Friday morning.  "He's a great football player, and I want to be just like him," says 6th grader Kenneth Morgan. But as Grant told his audience this morning there's much more to life than playing football.  He told them no matter what their background, they can do anything they want, if they work and do things the right way.  "Someone's past can not dictate their future. And that's the whole point of hope," says Grant. 

"He's a good motivational speaker. And the things that he says are inspiring to me," says Quenitra Jackson, an 8th grader.  In case words weren't enough to motivate, Grant made an offer to a few lucky students. He promised gifts like a trip to his home in New Orleans and side line passes to a game if they could manage to get straight A's. "That's a dream for a kid. I never had nobody do me like that. We go right back to that word hope again. Its giving them hope," says Grant.  

"It inspired me to do a lot of things," Morgan says.  Jackson adds, "It's not me being a millionaire which I do want to be but, its about me making a success of my life, being somebody." After showing them a thing or two on the dance floor, Grant reminded them once more that with faith, hope and hardwork, they can do anything they want in life. 

Last December Grant had the whole faculty out to a game in New Orleans. He promised if the school does well on their CRTC exams, he'll have them out again this year.

 

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=CharlesGrantAppreciationDay/sb